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I’m Not There (2007)

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Biography, Drama, Music |

I’m Not There is a musical drama film directed by Todd Haynes and co-written with Oren Moverman. It is an unconventional biopic inspired by the life and music of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Six actors depict different facets of Dylan’s public personas: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger (his final film to be released during his lifetime), and Ben Whishaw.

A caption at the start of the film declares it to be “inspired by the music and the many lives of Bob Dylan”; this is the only mention of Dylan in the film apart from song credits, and his only appearance in it is concert footage from 1966 shown during the film’s final moments.

I’m Not There uses a nonlinear narrative, shifting between six characters in separate storylines “inspired by the music and many lives of Bob Dylan”. Each character represents a different facet of Dylan’s public persona: poet (Arthur Rimbaud), prophet (Jack Rollins/Father John), outlaw (Billy McCarty), fake (Woody Guthrie), “rock and roll martyr” (Jude Quinn), and “star of electricity” (Robbie Clark).

Production notes published by distributor The Weinstein Company explain that the film “dramatizes the life and music of Bob Dylan as a series of shifting personae, each performed by a different actor—poet, prophet, outlaw, fake, star of electricity, rock and roll martyr, born-again Christian—seven identities braided together, seven organs pumping through one life story.”

Director: Todd Haynes

Writers: Todd Haynes (story & screenplay), Oren Moverman (screenplay)

Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw

Cast:

Cate BlanchettJude
Ben WhishawArthur
Christian BaleJack / Pastor John
Richard GereBilly
Marcus Carl FranklinWoody / Chaplin Boy
Heath LedgerRobbie
Kris KristoffersonNarrator (voice)
Don FrancksHobo Joe
Roc LaFortuneHobo Moe
Larry DayGovernment Agent
Paul CageletCarny / Bell-Hop
Brian R.C. WilmesCircus Man (as Brian RC Wilmes)
Pierre-Alexandre FortinGorgeous George
Richie HavensOld Man Arvin
Tyrone BenskinMr. Arvin
Kim RobertsMrs. Arvin
Eric NewsomeSixties Narrator
Angela GaluppoFolk Girl
Jane WheelerTV Host
Julianne MooreAlice Fabian
Peter FriedmanMorris Bernstein / Barker
David GowVariety Show Host
Fanny La CroixActress
Kim GordonCarla Hendricks
Matthew HarbourFan #1
Kyle SwitzerFan #2
Terry HaigGerry Hamlin
Greg KramerDrunk
Gordon MastenMoonshiner
Bill CroftThief / Butcher
Charlotte GainsbourgClaire
Gabrielle MarcouxMolly – Age 6
Jessey LaFlammeCarlie – Age 3
Jennifer Rae WestleyLouise
Pierre LeBlancDirector / Father of Tumbleweed Girl
Tim PostNewscaster
Richard RobitailleDirector #2
Ivan FreudPerformer #1
Holly UlothPerformer #2 (as Holly O’Brien)
Danny Blanco HallBlack Doctor (as Danny Blanco-Hall)
Susan GloverMrs. Peacock
Vito DeFilippoMr. Peacock
Andrew SimmsMr. Snow
Lisa Bronwyn MooreMrs. Snow
Jessica KardosNurse
Garth GilkerMan in Hospital Bed
John KoensgenPhysician
Mark CamachoNorman
Lorne BrassFolk Guru / Chester
Andrew ShaverMike
Tavis Eachan TrianceJude’s Musician: The Royal Mountain Band
Frederic CharestJude’s Musician: The Royal Mountain Band
Warren Brewer AuldJude’s Musician: The Royal Mountain Band
Simon P.F. NixonJude’s Musician: The Royal Mountain Band
Andrew GreeneFestival Guy #1
Paul Van DyckFestival Guy #2
Al VandecruysFestival Director
Leif AndersonSound Man
Brett WatsonCollege Student
Wyatt BowenDazed Kid
Paul JohnstonBearded Scott
Niko RombergKid with Glasses
Clarice ByrneOne Girl
Maggie CastleAnother Girl
Joe CobdenSonny
Kristen HagerMona / Polly
Richard JutrasReporter #1
Daniel Richard GiverinReporter #2 / Policeman (as Daniel Giverin Richard)
Matt HollandReporter #3
Noel BurtonReporter #4
Bruce GreenwoodKeenan Jones / Garrett
Michelle WilliamsCoco Rivington
Kyle GatehouseHotel Waiter
Jason CavalierRoadie
Greta PapageorgiuStewardess
Trevor HayesSydney
Marie-Hélène ChartrandWoman Talking to Claire
Marie-Julie RivestStrange Woman
Jesse ToddStrange Man
Lina RoesslerPublicist
Sherry HaynesDame
Johann St-LouisJohn
Mike CarusoPaul (as Mickael Sébastien Vitanza)
Pierre-Luc LebeauGeorge
Jean-Nicolas DéryRingo
Kathleen FeeDuchess
Emmanuel SchwartzGawky Teen
Pauline LittleLady with Tape Recorder
David CrossAllen Ginsberg
Eugene BrottoPeter Orlovsky
Shawn BaichooCarnival Geek
Benz AntoineBobby Seale / Rabbit Brown (as Antoine Benz)
Craig ThomasHuey P. Newton
Catherine ColveyMrs. Jones
Max WalkerKid in the Crowd
Jean-Pierre Lalonde2nd Kid in the Crowd
CaponeHenry – Billy’s Dog
HollywoodBilly’s Horse
Paul SpenceHomer (as Paul J. Spence)
Alison FollandGrace

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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